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Greg Eghigian has been studying the history of supernatural and paranormal phenomena in an academic setting for years, but he says the events of this month are galvanizing UFO believers in historical style.

“There's no question that this has really given new light to the UFO movement, and UFOlogy in general,” Eghigian, a professor of history at Penn State University who is writing a book on UFO sightings, tells Inverse.

The past few years have brought mysterious lights in the sky back into focus: Leaked videos show military planes engaging with seemingly alien aircraft that perform maneuvers far beyond far the standard fighter jet.

But a new video showing triangle aircraft around a Navy vessel off the coast of a base in Southern California has reignited the fervor. It’s left true believers and the curious public impatient for a Pentagon UFO report set to be released in June.=

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